From Gamecock Nation to Draft Nation: DB Siran Neal

Siran Neal (#5) was a defensive back for Jacksonville State University. Neal started his high school career at Abbeville High School where he would go on to have 53 receptions and hauled in 13 touchdowns before transferring to Eufaula High School. Neal was an All-State Wide Receiver for Abbeville High School and was ranked as the No. 44 on the top prospect list. Neal finished his high school career at Eufaula where he caught 22 receptions for 377 yards (17 yards per catch) and 8 touchdowns. Neal was selected for the All-State Team as a senior and was considered a two star recruit by Scouts.com.Neal 1
Neal had a very successful career at Jacksonville State University. Neal was a redshirt in 2013 but quickly saw playing time in 2014. Playing in the season opener against Michigan State, Neal finished the game with 4 total tackles. Neal finished the 2014 season with 32 tackles (23 solo and 9 assisted) and 3 pass break ups. In 2015, Neal saw playing time in all 15 games and seemed to break out and shine as he finished the season with 40 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception and 3 pass break ups. Neal had an outstanding season in 2016 where he finished the season with 80 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, .5 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception and 4 pass break ups. Neal finished his senior season in 2017 with 39 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception, and 11 pass break ups. Neal reflected on his collegiate experience and said, “nobody has gone to the Senior Bowl from Jacksonville State in a long time and that just showed me what I can do as a player and showing everybody that no matter where you are from you can do big things.”

Due to his success on the field, Neal was invited to participate in the 2018 Scouting Combine. Neal commented on his main focus and said, “my main focus is the 40 and to show them that I am a big guy that can still run.” Neal measured in at 6’0” 206 lbs. at the combine and ran a 4.56 40 yard dash. Not only that, but Neal also had 17 reps at bench press, 40.5 inch vertical jump, 122.0 inch broad jump, and a 7 second cone drill. Neal has one more opportunity come Pro Day to impress NFL Scouts even further before the upcoming NFL Draft in April. Neal 2.jpg
Neal talked about his toughest matchup and how he was able to prepare and he said, “I really can’t say cause how I prepare is I prepare for everybody the same.” Neal played against a lot of talented receivers and he played the matchup like he would any other game and he locked down some top tier guys. Neal looked to impress at the combine as all eyes were on him during the tests as he was able to impress scouts with his ability to jump high and how he was able to preform in the on field drills. Neal has the ability to get low in coverage and his hip mobility and footwork allows him to stay with the receiver throughout the route. Neal has good hands and has good timing when passes are thrown his way. He should find success in the NFL come next season.

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